Hiding – a slim chance of survival
Only a tiny minority of Jewish children had the chance to leave on the“Kindertransports”. For the vast majority there was no escape once the war had begun. What would Hannah, Leo’s little sister who stayed behind in Germany with her parents, have done? One possibility is that she would have gone into hiding.
Upon entering the hiding space, you move forward in time. It was only during the Second World War that Jewish people went into hiding. By then, the situation for Jews had become desperate. Emigration became impossible and around 1941 the deportations began.
Hiding only worked for very few. Unlike German Jews the majority of European Jews came under sudden Nazi occupation. This left little chance to prepare for an escape. By far the most Jewish children and their families were deported to the ghettos, concentration and extermination camps.
Living conditions in hiding were extremely tough. Spaces were cramped, food supplies meagre and families often separated. Hiding places could change frequently. Being totally cut off from family and friends took a toll physically and mentally.
The great sacrifices Jewish people were willing to make in order to survive highlight their will to fight and resist.They were not passive in the face of persecution. Jewish people fought bravely for their lives with every ounce of their being.